Scouts-L Mail Archive for November of 1998: Re: Crossing over ceremonies and customs
Re: Crossing over ceremonies and customs
William L McLeod
Tue, 3 Nov 1998 13:52:35 -0500
I am a past Cub Master and WEBELOS leader and am currently a Scoutmaster .
About January I ask the WEBELOS leaders about bridging into Boy Scouts. Many
boys will receive the Arrow of Light at the Blue & Gold Banquet. Some dens
have bridged directly into a troop, others will wait until the pack
graduation campout in the spring. (Mostly it depends on the den leader. <g>)
We have had boys graduate into several of the troops in the area. When I was
the Cubmaster, I would contact the troop to coordinate the ceremony.
Sometimes the troop will present the handbook, sometimes just the
neckerchief, sometimes both. We have had the pack present handbooks and even
dens present handbooks. The important thing is to make sure that they get a
book from somewhere.
As far as the ceremony goes, we have never asked a boy to change shirts.
Most troops will present the troop neckerchief and maybe a slide. When I was
the WEBELOS leader (myself bridging to Scoutmaster) I also presented the boys
with the troop numerals and red epaulets. I don't know if you would call
that a den presentation or a troop presentation or a personal presentation.
What will the troop present to each boy? What is the policy on troop dues?
What is the pack planning to present? Good questions that need to be asked.
Your den may have been instrumental in raising funds but Be careful about
expecting too much from the pack. Unless you had some other arrangement,
those funds were for the pack, not for the den. In the long run it would be
better to maintain a good relationship with the pack than to create an issue
over money. The pack them becomes a source for new boys to feed the troop
for years to come.
Bottom line, work out the details with the Scoutmaster and Cubmaster. Then
plan a ceremony that you think is appropriate.
Yours in Scouting,
Bill McLeod, SM Troop 73
Grandview Heights, OH